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SERIES: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1844 $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS60

PCGS MS60

PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
7734
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
6,784
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$15,275 • PCGS MS61 • 1-8-2014 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 65 R-8.3 15 / 147 TIE 15 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 5 / 147 TIE 5 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 147 1 / 147
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS60 PCGS grade
2 MS60 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS60 PCGS grade
2 MS60 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
4 AU58 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): A rare date in all grades, although VF and EF examples are occasionally available. I have never seen a mint state 1844 quarter eagle, and, as the auction records indicate, the only two "uncirculated" pieces to appear at auction were offered over thirty years ago. Whether or not they were actually uncirculated, I do not know, since I have not seen the coins.

Ron Guth: The 1844 Quarter Eagle is a scarce coin that shows up at auction at least a couple of times a year.  A few Mint State examples have shown up since Akers wrote about this date decades ago, but they are all in the lower Mint State grades.  The finest is a single PCGS MS62.  This date often comes with luster traces in the protected areas.  Because the Mint State examples are so scuffy, a problem-free AU might make a nice alternative.